The GIB going up really feels like a milestone. Like I say over on stuff.co.nz this week, walls just make the house more….houseified. I talked about getting the plasterboard onto site over there (so glad that wasn’t my job) but for those of you interested in more of the detail on this part of the process I thought I’d go into the products a little more here.
Interior magazines are full of glorious bathroom designs with fully tiled showers and walls, but because we just couldn’t squeeze that into the budget, we’ve gone for Athena Acrylic Lifestyle showers coupled with GIB Aqualine®. When we were looking at buying a house rather than building, many were the bathrooms we walked into and realised that steam, moisture and bigger sneaky water damage had destroyed what would have been a nice room. This new build (like most of them) has been a long, expensive process so we don’t want to have to repeat or repair anything for a long (long) time. The GIB Aqualine® has a water resistant core containing special polymers to help prevent steam and moisture penetration so we’re hoping it’s the best insurance against future liability and expensive call-backs.
If you are planning on tiling your bathroom though, it is the top tiling substrate used in bathrooms too. Strengthened with a fibreglass core, it provides a solid stable backing so you can go for gold. Gold tiles that is.
On the ceiling we’re using GIB Ultraline®. The modified core with plaster and fibreglass provides density and rigidity and it’s got a special Pearlcoat coated white surface paper, (doesn’t that sound smooth already – Pearlcoat) making it easier to get a higher finish quality. With all the light coming through our windows that ceiling is going to show everything, so the higher the finish quality the better as far as we’re concerned. Especially as Mr BuildingBoxes is going to be going for gold paiting that ceiling in a couple of week’s time.
And finally, along with the standard GIB plasterboard, we’ve got dual board GIB Braceline® GIB Noiseline®. Its higher density core can reduce noise transmission between rooms and also between floors in two storey homes – important when our two boys turn into heavy footed teenagers. It’s formed part of our bracing structure too – a cost effective way to add to the bracing of the building – win win.
Now it’s down to GIB stopping, and then….painting. Can’t decide if I’m excited about seeing colour start to coat the walls, or terrified about putting my roller and paintbrush to work again!
A family of four: writer, scientist, lego engineer and destruction specialist. Our previous home is featured in New Zealand Interior Style and this new project promises to provide plenty of great, green, smart and maybe madcap solutions to new building in New Zealand.